TARPON SPRINGS - For the third time, the City Commission has explored possible ways to spend the city’s share of Penny for Pinellas revenue if the countywide special sales tax levy wins another 10-year lease on life.
TARPON SPRINGS - During its May 2 meeting, the City Commission meeting held the second of two readings of the repeal of the temporary moratorium on medical cannabis dispensaries.
“This particular application is the final stage in getting rid of the moratorium since you have adopted cannabis standards,” said Heather Urwiller, city planning and zoning director. “You’re still a little bit ahead of the curb.”
This moratorium repeal effectively adopts Ordinances 2017-10, 2017-11 and 2017-12, which regulate the dispensing of medical marijuana within the Tarpon Springs city limits.
TARPON SPRINGS - On Wednesday, April 12, members of the art community, Tarpon Springs residents and city officials both past and present, came out to the Heritage Museum to honor Kathy Monahan as she leaves her position with Tarpon Arts.
The speakers were numerous, and their relationship to Kathy varied. What stood as a constant was their high praise for Monahan.
Artist Christopher Still presented Kathy with a painting.
Former Tarpon Springs Mayor David O. Archie, though happy she will finally have time for a break, said Monahan was leaving her position with some unfinished business.
TARPON SPRINGS - During the April 18 board meeting, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority updated the commissioners on service developments in Tarpon Springs.
PSTA CEO Brad Miller is on a tour of the North Pinellas County cities, giving each city updates on transit developments.
Miller reports to a board of 15 elected officials in Pinellas County. The three North Pinellas County cities of Safety Harbor, Oldsmar and Tarpon Springs rotate holding a seat on the board. Currently, Mayor Doug Bevis of Oldsmar is the north county representative. Bevis was not in attendance for the presentation because Oldsmar’s city council meets the same day as Tarpon Springs’.
TARPON SPRINGS -- A homegrown music legend was honored at the April 18 Tarpon Springs City Commission meeting for his accomplishments and work in the community.
In January, the Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the 2017 Florida Folk Heritage Award recipients. The list included Pastor William Emerson of Tarpon Springs.
“The board of commissioners and the people of Tarpon Springs want to say thank you to you as well and to congratulate you for your accomplishments, and your contributions to our society,” Mayor Chris Alahouzos said. “Thank you for your service to the Navy during World War II and for being the most talented musician and actually one of the founders of Rock n’ Roll.”
TARPON SPRINGS - City Finance Director Ron Herring recently made a presentation to the audience and Tarpon Springs Board of Commissioners about Penny for Pinellas, informing them of the Penny’s history and its uses.
“The presentation is going to show what it’s done for the city in the past and the present,” said City Manager Mark LeCouris at the start.
The Penny for Pinellas referendum election is scheduled for the 2020 to 2030 renewal on Nov. 7, Herring started before giving a brief history on the Penny.
RIVERVIEW - All Rollie Watson did was change a tire. He had no idea how much that meant to a Tarpon Springs Police Officer.
On April 4, Sgt. Scott “Oz” Osarczuk of the Tarpon Springs Police Department visited Watson’s job at Ring Power Corporation, 10421 Fern Hill Drive, Riverview to recognize Watson for a good deed in January.
On Jan. 13 a little before 5 a.m., Watson was on his way to work.
“I stop at the same Circle K 3, 4 times a week,” Watson said. He witnessed Osarczuk on the phone and went inside the gas station to make his purchases.
TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs High School student, Alyssa Santos, has been named a semifinalist for the Coast Guard Award for the 2017 Military Child of the Year Award.
Operation Homefront chooses six children or teens, aged 8 to 18 years old, representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard for the Military Child of the Year Award, each receiving $10,000 a year.
The organization narrows 400 nominees down to 90 semifinalists. An additional 20 semifinalists are chosen for the Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton.
TARPON SPRINGS - The first observance of Epiphany in Tarpon Springs was celebrated in 1903. The annual event has continued and grown into an event attended by thousands, who come from places all around the world.
This year's celebration is set for Friday, Jan. 6, and begins with Orthros at 8 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36 N. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs followed by the Divine Liturgy. Next up is the Greater Blessing of Waters by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, Georgia at the Cathedral at noon.
TARPON SPRINGS - Bulk Nation, the Tampa-based bulk food specialty grocer, celebrated the grand opening of its Tarpon Springs store beginning Dec. 9.
The Tarpon Springs store is at 41232 U.S. 19 N. in Tarpon Square. A portion of sales from the grand opening weekend was set aside to benefit the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA.
“With the opening of our stores, we think it important to build a connection with the communities,” said Clay Donato, Bulk Nation president who also is board chairman of the Brandon YMCA. “The Y has many needs.”
The president of United for Human Rights Florida, Gracia Bennish of Tarpon Springs, and Paul Gutierrez, vice president of United for Human Rights Miami, were honored in Bogota, Colombia, with the Jose Hilario Lopez Award for Human Rights.
The two were received the award Sept. 9 at the Ministry for Defense Complex in Bogota for their work in promoting human rights in education.
A Church of Scientology sponsored organization, United for Human Rights is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated human at the local, regional, national and international levels. It consists of educators and groups who want to provide human rights educational resources and activities.